in the kitchen with: mud australia

since some people asked about oven-safe bowls on joy’s recipe, we thought it would be perfect to feature a recipe by mud australia whose beautiful tableware is all oven-safe! mud australia is a porcelain manufacturer based in sydney, australia. started by melbourne-native shelley simpson in 1994, mud’s porcelain range is handmade in their marrickville factory by shelley and a staff of professional and amateur ceramicists. while shelley heads up the creative side of mud, her partner james handles the sales and marketing aspect. as a small business, mud australia strongly believes in the global values of craft, community and sustainability. just click “read more” shelley’s recipe for soft-centered chocolate puddings- yum.

Soft-centred chocolate puddings

Makes 4
• 4 tbs granulated white sugar (60g) + 2/3 cup sugar (160g)
• 100g butter, chopped
• 200g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
• 3 eggs
• 2 tbs self-rising flour (30g)*
• Icing sugar (powdered) & thick cream, to serve

* To make your own self-rising flour, for each cup of all-purpose flour (125g), add 1 1/2 teaspoons (7.5g) of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt (2.5g).

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 200°C/390F. Lightly grease 4 x mud australia Limoges porcelain baby noodle bowls (or similar oven-safe bowls). Sprinkle 1 tbs sugar into each bowl and turn so sugar coats inside of the bowl.

Step 2:
Place the butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir with a metal spoon for 5 minutes or until mixture is smooth then remove from the heat.

Step 3:
Using electric hand mixer, beat eggs and remaining sugar on high speed until pale and slightly thickened. Pour warm chocolate mixture into egg mixture. Sift flour over mixture and stir gently to combine. Pour mixture evenly between bowls. Place onto a tray. Bake 20 to 25 minutes until well risen.

Step 4:
Dust with icing sugar and serve with thick cream if desired.

Shelley and James chose that recipe because:

~ It’s single serve in a mud bowl and shows really well how the product is oven-safe and goes beautifully from oven to table

~ Shelley is an excellent baker with nostalgic links to self-saucing puddings and makes this recipe a lot

~ EVERYONE loves chocolate!

We use our dishes from oven to table all time, it was one of the criteria Shelley had when designing mud— beauty and function. Other favourite dishes of ours include: Italian style (wet) roast chicken in a large pebble bowl; roast fennel in a pebble medium; pizza on a dinner plate; lemon delicious in a medium pebble bowl; soufflé in a latte.

Product photo by Ben Dearnley. Photo of Shelley by James

Compiled by Kristina of Three Layer Cake

anna Harrington

hi shelley & james!
looks so yummy – will have to get some of your little bowls to make this… they are perfect. hope you and the kids are well


do you know of anywhere online where these bowls can be purchased?


i just got in the office, having my tea, and THIS ohh this would be the perfect complement to my tea!!!


Looks like I have a reason to go to Australia now! Unicahome sells these online, but the catalog seems to offer more colors then Unica.


love all of the mud products! that recipe looks so yummy too and perfect in those cute bowls.


that looks like a super recipe! i love this new feature. however, i didn’t really like how this one seemed to be part advertisement for mud australia (even though the bowls are very pretty).


Hi Lindsay,

I am sorry you thought it seemed like an ad for mud! You can use similar capacity ramekins/baking dishes with the same result for the puddings and other foods they mention in the recipe, although they might not be nearly as pretty!

Other designers have submitted pieces which are styled with their own designs as well. But personally, I would never in a million years have imagined putting Shelley’s beautiful and seemingly delicate porcelain into the oven. Imagine all the space you can save in your cupboards by having oven-to-table baking tools like these!



With the word mud thrown around, for a second I thought you were going to say these were mud cakes or mud puddings. Phew. Looks so great!


i have a few mud vases and love them so much..i want some of their new flat bowls. they have such great colours and they feel so lovely to touch


i have to laugh about delicate oven-safe things. when food and wine shot my pieces they made a pot-pie in one of my bowls, even though i told them it wassn’t oven-safe. they’ve but a correction on the website, but i hope people who have my bowls already don’t bake in them!

and now i need to go find some ramekins to make me some chocolatey things

jess C

I just wanted to let you know that I was so charmed by this post that I tracked down some baby noodle bowls and am about to try this recipe right now!


I just noticed this new feature! Great idea! Both the recipe and the bowl are fabulous.


Just wanted to let you know, I’ve been saving this recipe and finally baked these with my mom over Thanksgiving. They received rave reviews and have been requested for Christmas! Easy, fun, and very delicious.